The reason for our change of plan, when we were camped at the edge of the Bodensee in Germany, was to find a nice campsite which offered a good ASCI discount in peaceful surroundings with good weather. Since arriving back in France the weather had been very fine, making things feel a lot better. We hadn't originally planned to seek out Camping de Savel but they offered a good price (12 euros) and as a bonus they had a pool! Until driving down the one way road to the lakeside camping, we'd no idea it would be as peaceful as it was (good thing we'd stocked up on our fresh supplies the day we arrived). It was just what we needed, although I don't think either of us knew just how much we needed it when we arrived.
we even took to playing with Lego!
During the afternoons the temperature would peak so on a couple of the afternoons we made our way to the small campsite pool. It had a lovely setting overlooking the lake but wasn't heated and so was surprisingly 'fresh' to enter! (Dan was too much of a wuss and instead preferred to stick to the loungers!)
we reflected on how motorhoming had affected our relationship and how we felt we had come through the several 'heated' discussions and attempts to improve our communication (necessitated by living in a 6 x 2 m plastic box!) feeling much better and more connected. But 13 years is a long time and that ultimately means a lot of baggage, both individual and as a couple. All I'll say for now is that instead of saying that last year we only 'just scratched the surface', it might be more appropriate to say maybe we didn't then know what the real surface was. There's still many things to work on but we both feel our time here has led to a massive leap forward on our journey back to health and happiness.
Funnily enough, whilst we were in Holland, we'd chilled out one night and there happened to be a typical, easy to watch, generally unrealistic, always ending happily, American rom com on the telly and rather we mindlessly we sat through the 90mins of 'Couples Retreat' with Vince Vaughan and some other popular American actors. In a slightly funny way our time at Savel reminded me of parts of this film. There were some couples who had come to the tropical island in search of fun and adventures but who had inadvertantly been signed up to 'talk through their issues as a couple', They thought that everything was fine and there were no problems in their life together. But as the couples had to open up, the more the band aids over old wounds became exposed. In the end the couples in film stayed together but came away stronger, appreciating and loving their significant other in a completely new light.
Two very different, happier and more refreshed people set off from Camping de Savel on 1st July. We would have stayed long but the ACSI rate ended and our fresh supplies were all out. But we will definitely be back.